Interview with Darcy Paquet
March 26, 2020 ㅡ An important contributor of the globalization of Korean film industry, Darcy Paquet shared his background of how he became interested into Korean films, his works on various movies including Parasite, and his plans for future as a member of the film industry.
Darcy Paquet is an American movie critic, lecturer, artistic director, author and a part-time actor. Most recently, he grabbed the media spotlight as translator of the English subtitles for director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, and four Oscars, including the Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.
Mr. Paquet, M.A. in Slavic Language from Indiana University, first came to Korea to teach English at Korea University, and has been staying in Korea for twenty-three years now. While he is well-known for his Korean movies introducing website koreanfilm.org among non-Koreans, Mr. Paquet is more famous for his contributions to Korean movies among Koreans. Until “Parasite”, he had participated in over one hundred Korean films as translator, editorial supervisor and actor. Mr. Paquet was a former contributor to Cine 21, The South China Morning Post, Variety and Screen International, and has also been teaching as a professor at Busan Asian Film School since 2017.
Michael Breen (born 31 July 1952) is an English author, consultant and journalist covering North and South Korea. Breen writes occasional opinion columns for international and South Korean media. Since 2000, he has written a featured column for The Korea Times, an English-language daily in South Korea, where he comments on Korean society, culture, and political issues. Breen is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and first began living in South Korea in 1982. He was the correspondent in Korea for The Guardian and the Washington Times. In 1987, he became the first non-Korean president of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club. In 1994, he became a management consultant specializing in North Korea, with clients such as Coca-Cola. He entered the public relations field in 1999 as the managing director of Merit/Burson-Marsteller, where he remained until 2004. He is the founder and CEO of Insight Communications Consultants, a Seoul-based public relations firm. Breen was made an honorary citizen of Seoul in 2001.